When Kathryn Dorne is summoned to Half-Moon Lake for the reading of her father's will, she discovers a shocking truth: everything in her life - including her name - is a lie.
Learning that her name is Katelyn Eubanks is only the first surprise. Second, she had an identical twin sister who drowned at the age of nine. Since Katelyn can't remember anything prior to that age, it seems more than mere coincidence. The biggest surprise is that her father, a man she never knew existed, left his entire estate to her, enraging other would-be heirs.
With her unremembered, but closest childhood friend, Levi, as well as help from the estate's deaf-mute gardener, and the outspoken cook, Katelyn searches for answers to questions that have plagued her all her life, but doing so opens the proverbial Pandora's box. As her memories return, so does the terrible danger she escaped fifteen years earlier.
Excerpt from Half-Moon Lake:
I awakened to the sound of my own scream. Breathless, heart pounding, pajamas drenched in sweat, I was desperate, clawing at the tangle of sheets wrapped around me.
"Nooo," I whimpered. "No, please ... no!"
I stared, with wide eyes, at the ceiling, concentrating on the shimmery patterns cast by the outside lights around the pool, and gulped deep breaths in an effort to calm down, all the while my heart and mind raced.
The nightmare was back. It had plagued me almost every night since I was nine, but about two years ago it stopped, and I thought I'd finally outgrown it. Looked like I was wrong, and begging wouldn't change anything. Disappointment left a bitter taste in my mouth. Why now? What made it return? What could've triggered it?
The letter. That had to be it.
North Carolina native, Leanna Sain, earned her BA from the University of South Carolina, then moved back to her beloved mountains of western NC with her husband, Randy. Her "Gate" books have stacked up numerous awards, from Foreword Magazine's Book-of-the-Year to the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. Sain's fourth novel, WISH, is a stand-alone, YA crossover.
Her Southern romantic suspense, or "GRIT-lit," showcases her plot-driven method of writing that successfully rolls the styles of best-selling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Jan Karon into a delightfully hybrid style that is all her own. Regional fiction lovers and readers who enjoy suspense with a magical twist will want her books.
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